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R.B. Bernstein

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R.B. Bernstein

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Department
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NAC 4/138A
Phone Number: 
212-650-7385
Email: 
rbernstein@ccny.cuny.edu
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R. B. Bernstein is Lecturer in Political Science at CCNY, and teaches in the Skadden, Arps Honors Program in Legal Studies of the Colin Powell School of Civic and Global Leadership.  From 2011 to 2014, he was an adjunct professor of political science and history.  A lifelong New Yorker, he was educated in New York City's public schools, graduating from Stuyvesant High School in 1973.  Educated at Amherst College (B.A. in American Studies, 1977) and the Harvard Law School (J.D., 1980), he did graduate work in history at New York University.  He spent three years in corporate law practice (1980-1983).  He has co-curated exhibitions at The New York Public Library, the New-York Historical Society, and the Library of Congress, and he was Historian at the New York City Commission on the Bicentennial of the U.S. Constitution (1987-1990) and Research Director of the New York State Commission on the Bicentennial of the Constitution (1989-1990).  He is also a distinguished adjunct professor of law at New York Law School, where he has taught since 1991.  His books include The Founding Fathers Reconsidered (2009), a finalist for the 2010 George Washington Book Prize, and Thomas Jefferson (2003), both New York Timesbestsellers.  His most recent publications include An Expression of the American Mind; Selected Writings of Thomas Jefferson (editor, introduction, commentary) (Folio Society, 2013), and Making Legal History: Essays in Honor of William E. Nelson (co-editor) (NYU Press, 2013).  He is completing The Education of John Adams, to be published by Oxford University Press.

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THE FOUNDING FATHERS: A VERY SHORT INTRODUCTION (Oxford University Press, 2015)
THE FEDERALIST PAPERS (selected, edited, introduced).  (London: Arcturus Publishing, 2016).

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Courses Taught
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The Judiciary (PSC 22000)
The Presidency (PSC 22100)
Early American Political Development (PSC 31720)
American Political Thought (PSC 20800)
African-American Political Thought (PSC 31140)
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